Department: The School of Business
Start date: June 1, 2018 or as soon as a suitable candidate is discerned and available.


We are seeking an individual who can bring their academic expertise, research agenda, and teaching excellence to bear in their leadership. The ideal candidate is a dynamic, innovative, and experienced academic leader who can work with faculty to create a shared vision, work across academic disciplines, creatively develop and enhance School of Business curriculum, and develop new programs to meet the needs of students and employers.  This position is one of six academic deans reporting to the university provost. It offers an opportunity to provide dynamic leadership to the School of Business, including traditional undergraduate and graduate business programs, degree completion programs at our four regional campuses, and exciting growth opportunities in online programs.

School Profile

The School of Business offers four traditional undergraduate bachelor degrees:  Accounting, Finance, Management, and Marketing.  In addition, the school offers two degree-completion programs at its regional campuses: Business Management and Organizational Leadership, and two graduate level programs: a Master’s in Leadership and Organizational Studies and a Master’s in Business Administration.  The School recently launched four new online academic programs both at the graduate and undergraduate level. The School of Business is guided by the Fresno Pacific Idea.


  • Works with faculty and program directors to lead academic programs in classrooms, on our four regional campuses, and online.
  • Facilitates an integral approach to research, teaching, and program development from the perspective of a Christian worldview.
  • Oversees the development of innovative new programs to meet changing employer needs.
  • Directs the academic planning process, program development, and program evaluation. Areas addressed annually include: assessment plans for all business majors, retention of students, academic advising, recruitment, and other related areas.
  • Manages the accreditation process for WASC, professional accreditation, and other accreditation agencies.
  • Develops and obtains external funding and grants for academic and student programs.
  • Leads faculty/staff in responding to student, business, and community needs.
  • Represents and advocates for the School of Business with the administration, the university, and the community, and also represents the administration to the faculty.
  • Schedules courses and recruits, develops, and evaluates faculty/staff.
  • Chairs faculty caucus (school) meetings and serves on the university’s academic committees. 
  • Prepares budgets for the School of Business.
  • Attends and participates in university events, and business and professional programs.
  • Leads faculty scholarship efforts, including the creation of endowed chairs, centers for academic research, and individual scholarly contribution.


The ideal candidate is a dynamic, innovative, and experienced academic leader who can work with faculty to create a shared vision, work across academic disciplines, creatively develop and enhance School of Business curriculum, and develop new programs to meet the needs of students and employers.


  • Earned doctorate within a business field of study or related program from an accredited institution or extraordinary professional experience.
  • Strong leadership skills and relevant professional, administration, or operational experience including managing people, finances and resources for an academic division, school, or similar organization.
  • Successful college-level teaching and evidence of scholarly engagement and contributions in the academic field.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with faculty, administrators, and student groups to create a shared vision and accomplish strategic goals.
  • Ability to work across disciplines to creatively develop, enhance, and deliver online education and distributed learning across multiple regional campuses.
  • Ability to network successfully within the education and business communities.
  • Knowledge/appreciation of diverse student and faculty populations.
  • The integration of faith and learning, and the integration of Biblical principles within the field of business.
  • Commitment to the Christian faith and the University’s mission of Christ-centered teaching and learning, and involvement in a local church.


  • Evidence of engagement in the wider Christian and/or civic communities.
  • Experience in higher education with a record of procuring external funding, gifts, and grants.


Dependent on qualifications and experience, and paid out over 12 months. Full-time benefits include insurance (medical, vision, dental, LTD), retirement (TIAA-CREF), Section 125 options.


Send a letter of application, a completed administration application (including personal statements), curriculum vita, three letters of reference (including one pastoral), and transcripts or placement file to:

D. Gayle Copeland, PhD
Fresno Pacific University
Provost/Senior VP
1717 S. Chestnut Avenue, Box 2006
Fresno, CA 93702

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Fresno is the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, the nation's leading agricultural area. But the city — fifth largest in California and largest in the Valley — also enjoys a burgeoning tech scene, music, theater, museums and cultural venues and Triple-A baseball's Fresno Grizzlies, 2015 champions of the Pacific Coast League. Continuing urban renovation promises more benefits, including a hub for California's high-speed rail, bringing the Bay Area and Los Angeles, now just hours away, even closer. Also in easy driving distance are three national parks, including the iconic Yosemite, as well as beautiful beaches and the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada.

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Fresno Pacific University offers undergraduate and graduate programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation. Some 4,000 traditional and adult students attend classes on the main campus in southeast Fresno or centers in North Fresno, Visalia, Bakersfield and Merced as well as online. The university also reaches about 10,000 students through professional development studies. FPU has the highest four-year graduation rate of any Central Valley college or university, is a Hispanic Serving Institution, with a Hispanic student population of 44 percent, and is one of the top 10 HSIs nationally in graduating Hispanic students. The Valley’s only comprehensive Christian university granting master’s degrees, the university is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and ranked in the top tier among western universities—master’s category by U.S. News & World Report. FPU is affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren Church, and all employees express a personal Christian commitment and support the Christian mission of the university. A description of the unique quality of FPU as an academic community can be found in the Fresno Pacific University Idea.

Fresno Pacific University is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic or social background, sex, age, or disability. Committed to excellence and actively supportive of cultural diversity, FPU invites individuals who contribute to such diversity to apply.

The university reserves the right to fill positions before the application deadline or to extend the deadline as circumstances may warrant.